, 2019-01-22 15:18:18

Breaking in new vehicles.

Break in your new vehicle gently. Reduce wear.

Even though the rules surrounding breaking in new vehicles are no longer as strict as they were in the past, there are still a few things to remember. We recommend starting things off slowly. Find out why you shouldn't go full throttle straight away, and why the highway isn’t the best place to break in your vehicle.

An overview of the most important rules for breaking in a vehicle.

Just like the engine, other components also need to get a certain amount of mileage under their belts before you can use them at full power. So:

  • Brake carefully and try to anticipate road conditions
  • Avoid driving at more than three quarters of the maximum RPM/maximum speed for the first 1,500 km
  • Avoid overloading the engine, e.g. by pulling a trailer
  • Once you reach 1,000 km, start to gradually build up to full RPM and maximum speed
  • By 1,500 km, the engine should be broken in

Follow these guidelines and you’ll be able to enjoy your new vehicle for longer.

If you go full throttle right from the start, you risk excessive oil consumption and reducing the lifespan of the engine. Did you know? Speed fluctuations are good for a new engine. By around 1,500 km, the engine should be broken in. But even then, try not to drive too fast before the oil reaches a temperature of over 80°C. This will normally be by around 5 km into your drive, but in cold wintery weather it can be longer.

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